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The Top 10 Voted Running Trails in Utah

Summer is the perfect time of year to get out the door and run. Trail running is a favorite in Utah due to Utah’s incredible scenery and well maintained back country trails. With the vast number of trails throughout the state many runners find themselves constantly exploring new places to run trying to find the perfect trail. If you fit this description, look no further. With the help of all of our followers we have compiled a list of the “Top 10 Voted Trails in Utah”. If you’re looking for that perfect trail this list is a great place to start!




*photo credit: Scott Brill at Seekraz.wordpress.com

Millcreek Canyon has several great trails to offer but at the top of the canyon you will find the trailhead to Desolation Lake and Dog Lake. These trails can be run as a loop covering approximately 13 miles and climbing nearly 4000ft. The trail is shaded and very well maintained, traffic may be heavy in the first segment from the parking lot to Dog Lake, but due to the length of the entire trail you will find the remaining portion of the trail to be fairly open.



*photo credit: Will Wickert @ http://www.wasatchwill.net/

A 14.5 mile out and back trail that leads to the peak of Mt. Timpanogos. Features stunning views of the valley and Wasatch Mountains, a lake, 4688 ft of elevation gain, and a great peak to add to your list of summited mountains. Rated as a difficult trail due to the length and elevation gain of the trail.




*photo credit: Konda Quinton

A 3.9 mile loop trail located near Draper. Features 905ft of elevation gain and a nice canopy of trees to shade you from the sun. Its rated moderate difficulty. Be aware of others on the trail as you will likely run into lots of bikers on this trail.




*photo credit: Chris Whitaker Trail Pics (@kh.chris)

The Park City Mid-mountain trail is a 23.5 mile out and back trail through Park City that features 3812ft of elevation gain and a beautiful forest setting. Over the entire trail the elevation gain is very gradual, but because of the distance and elevation gain the trail receives a difficult rating. The trail runs through Deer Valley, Park City, and The Canyons Resort.




*photo credit: Chace Talbott

A 7.8 mile loop located near Pleasant Grove Utah. This trail features a waterfall, 3149ft of elevation gain, a beautiful meadow near the top of the trail, and is rated as moderate difficulty.




Antelope Island features many very popular trails when it comes to trail running. You have the options of climbing Frary Peak (6.3 mile, 2099ft elevation gain, out and back), Or exploring several different loops down below. Different combinations of these loops will establish how long your run will be. Many forms of wildlife will be seen while exploring the island as it is home to hundreds of bison and, as the name suggests, antelope. Be wary of lots of bugs, especially near the shoreline of the Great Salt Lake.




Lewis Peak is a 10.5 mile out and back trail located near Eden. The trail offers great views of the valley and a great forest setting amongst the peaks of the Wasatch Mountains. The trail includes 3221ft of elevation gain.




This trail, like antelope islands trail system, offers many different routes and a run here can be designed to be of any length. Starting in Ogden Canyon near the Pine View Dam you climb up through wheeler canyon and have the option of continuing up wheeler or branching off up Ice Box Canyon. Both directions will end up on the Snowbasin Trail System and you will have destination options of exploring green pond, summiting sardine peak, or taking in the view of the Ogden Overlook. These trails incorporate a fair amount of uphill running so be ready to climb.




A fantastic 6.8 mile out and back trail above bountiful that climbs 1315ft up to Elephant rock. It features great views of the valley and a small river along the way. The trail can be extended from elephant rock up to Rudy’s flat adding another 6 miles to your run.




The bonnevile shoreline trail is one of the longest trails in Utah and is run in segments. Due to the trail following the once vast shoreline of Lake Bonneville the trail runs from the Utah/Idaho border down to Nephi. While some parts of the trail are still under construction most of the trail is very well maintained. Since the trail covers such a large portion of the Wasatch Front the trail is very easily accessed and is no surprise to be the number one voted trail in Utah.

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This entry was posted on Thursday, July 13th, 2017 at 9:26 am and is filed under Run Utah Magazine, Summer 2017 Edition, Utah Running. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.

3 responses to “The Top 10 Voted Running Trails in Utah”

  1. Great place to run! I have been there several years ago and I got fond of this country. I hope I can go and run there soon. Congratulations for your blog!

  2. Greta Martin says:

    Another incredible script of information keeping the running world vibrant here in Utah. Thank you for sharing and continuing to motivate!

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